From the first games held in ancient Greece to the cultural extravaganzas of recent years, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of Olympic sports. Now in G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet, writer Brad Herzog showcases those athletes and events that not only set sports records but also impacted history and world views. Learn the meaning behind the five interlocking rings featured on the Olympic flag. Cheer on American Jim Thorpe as he won the pentathlon and ...
From the first games held in ancient Greece to the cultural extravaganzas of recent years, there have been some incredible and amazing events and milestones in the world of Olympic sports. Now in G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet, writer Brad Herzog showcases those athletes and events that not only set sports records but also impacted history and world views. Learn the meaning behind the five interlocking rings featured on the Olympic flag. Cheer on American Jim Thorpe as he won the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, only to lose his medals later. Read how the man dubbed as the "world's laziest high jumper" won the gold in 1968 and later had a jump named after him. All these moments and more are brought to life in G is for Gold Medal. Brad Herzog has written travel and sports books for readers young and old. His books with Sleeping Bear include the best-selling H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. Brad lives on California's Monterey Peninsula. Doug Bowles has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years. His books for Sleeping Bear include One Kansas Farmer: A Kansas Number Book and S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet. Doug lives in Leawood, Kansas.
Curling, the Fosbury Flop, and "the Miracle on Ice;" readers who are familiar with these terms, and even those who are not, are likely to enjoy and learn from this book about the Olympics. Not an alphabet book in the traditional sense, this publication is more of an encyclopedia of articles about some of the more fascinating stories behind the Olympics. From the inspiring histories of Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Michael Phelps, and others to the amazing tales of determination and friendship by lesser-known athletes, these stories provide as much illumination about the value of competition and sportsmanship as they do about the Olympic sports themselves. Readers who are well versed in the history of the Olympics are still likely to discover new information in these pages. Each subject, beginning with a letter from the alphabet, is presented on one large page that contains a short verse, a half column of text, and a color illustration. At the back of the book is a list of the locations of the winter and summer games, from 1896 until 2016. Teacher's guides are available. The book is well edited, but could be improved. For example, the inclusion of an index would have made finding individual references easier (for example, the reader may not remember that the entry for Jim Thorpe is under "G" for "greatest athlete"). The verses should probably be revised. They are too flat and simplistic and do not complement the text, which is written at a higher grade level. Nevertheless, this book should be quite interesting to readers, especially those who are looking forward to the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Brad Herzog is the author of more than three-dozen books for children and four titles for adults, including three critically acclaimed travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." Brad's series of alphabet picture books for Sleeping Bear Press include popular titles like H is for Home Run and S is for Save the Planet. His beautifully-illustrated picture book, Francis and Eddie, tells the inspiring true story about how a 20-year-old unknown golfer and his 10-year-old caddie shocked the world at the 1913 U.S. Open. As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. He has been interviewed on "The Today Show" and "Oprah" and has been profiled in publications ranging from People magazine to Reader's Digest. Brad (www.bradherzog.com) lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife and two sons.